The Brazilian football Federation has said that it intends to make the 2014 FIFA World Cup one of the best ever.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be held in Brazil, but unlike the host nations of the other World Cups, Brazil were chosen unanimously by the countries making up the South American continent.

As a result, there has been a view that Brazil are not taking the opportunity to host the FIFA World Cup seriously. It was this view that the FIFA general secretary rasied recently, questioning the Brazilian government and its ability to host a tournament of this magnitude.

However, the Brazilian government and the president of the Brazilian football Federation have both issued a statement saying that they intend to make the 2014 FIFA World Cup one of the best ever.

Brazil have been spending a lot of money on the stadiums as of now. The iconic Maracana stadium will be one among the many that will be undergoing massive changes in order to be fit for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Aside from the billions spent for the football stadiums in Brazil, the country has also seen unprecedented investment going into the transport and public infrastructure. Consequently the odds of the tournament being removed from Brazil and played in a different country have drifted on the football betting markets.

“The government will no longer accept the secretary general as FIFA spokesman. FIFA concerns with regard to preparation of all World Cups are natural and legitimate, but the body can keep calm because Brazil and its people have the competence and seriousness required to organise an impeccable and unforgettable World Cup,” president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Ricardo Teixeira, said in an interview given after the commencement by the FIFA general secretary Valcke.

The Brazilian government also said that it would be not conducting any dealings with the FIFA general secretary Valcke in the future following the wake of his unacceptable comments.

The whole nation are hooping that Brazil can put right the 1950 World Cup Final loss to bed with a victory by the Selecao on home soil – though the Betfair Sports Betting odds make them only third favourites.


Tottenham Hotspur have more step closer towards completing the final attributes of their proposed new stadium, which will have the ability to seat up to 56,000 people.

This is expected to be the major attributes that will make Tottenham Hotspur join in the league of the top four. It has been pretty clear from the revenues of both Manchester United and Arsenal that having a large stadium and the ability to fill it will definitely make a huge difference in the balance sheet at the end of the year.

Even though Arsenal have not been as successful as they would have liked since moving from Highbury to the Emirates, the success has come in the form of the balance sheet.

Arsenal are now self-sufficient and will not be facing the huge complications of many other clubs like Chelsea and Manchester city face in order to comply to the UEFA Fair Play regulations. It has been estimated that Tottenham would need around £ 150 million to complete the stadium. They have now secured funding that will help them begin the process.

Spurs have said that a major portion of the funding would also be provided by the sponsorship deals. Tottenham hope to get around £ 100 million from the naming rights for the stadium alone.

“I am committed to securing Tottenham’s long-term future and the time has come for Spurs to show its commitment to the area by investing with urgency and determination to deliver the jobs and growth desperately needed in this much neglected part of our city,” the Mayor of London said after committing around £ 23 million for the project.

It is expected that the new stadium would also house a number of improvements for the nearby localities including shopping centres and housing.


Harry Redknapp has admitted that Tottenham are looking to expand their seating capacity by building a new stadium.

Their current stadium – the White Hart Lane – is one of the smallest in the Premier League with a capacity of just around 35,000.

This has meant that there is a long queue for season tickets, and the club are looking to expand their revenue options by building a new 60,000 seater stadium, which will rival the likes of the Emirates Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur are the biggest rivals for North London club Arsenal, who recently moved to the Emirates Stadium that can hold 60,000 people.

It seems to have persuaded Tottenham to also build a similar kind of stadium, although there have been question marks regarding the demand for such a big stadium. Tottenham tried to secure the Olympics Stadium, but West Ham United’s entry into the bidding process meant that they are unlikely to get the 80,000 seater stadium, which could be reduced to hold around 60,000. Tottenham recently revealed plans for constructing a new stadium near White Hart Lane – the position of which does not allow for huge expansions to be carried out without affecting the nearby areas.

“Until you get a 60,000-seater stadium, you aren’t going to pay the wages that some of the other clubs pay. It’s a hard balancing act but you have to admit Tottenham are a fantastically well-run football club with a very clever businessman in Daniel Levy in charge,” Redknapp said when asked about the need for a 60,000 seater stadium for Tottenham.

Tottenham are currently eyeing their first title since 1961, as they are third in the Premier League alongside Manchester United on the points. They are only three points away from catching leaders Manchester City, and are recognised to have one of the best squads in the division.


QPR have come a long way since the takeover of the Formula One giants Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore. The promotion and the subsequent takeover by the Malaysian billionaire Tony Fernandes is also to present at the club with a new and bright future. The club’s owner Tony Fernandes recently revealed that the club is considering moving away from the Loftus Road, which is one of the smallest grounds in the Premier League.

Loftus Road has a capacity of just 18,000 and thus it makes it unviable for the club to be playing at this ground if it wants to generate more income.

Fernandes revealed that the club is looking at options to make a move in the near future. He revealed that QPR are considering building a new stadium with a 45,000-seater capacity. This is highly contradictory given that Tony Fernandes himself admitted that the club’s fans consider that the club has the ability to generate tickets sales for only about 20,000, which is not a great improvement from the present capacity. Loftus Road is now considered as one of the last few remaining pieces of British architecture when it comes to building football stadiums. The fans are extremely close to the pitch and it makes up for a very great atmosphere.

“Some fans are saying ‘We don’t have a fan base bigger than 20,000’. My gut feeling is 40-45,000. That’s double where we are right now, but we’re in London and there’s a strong catchment area. Of course, there is nothing worse than a half-empty stadium,” Tony Fernandes said in an interview given to BBC sport. Tony Fernandes has been extremely successful in the Formula One business and the airlines, and he was quick to point out that he would not be making any such decision in haste.


Chelsea Football Club have struggled and lost the battle to buy back their own pitch! The boardroom defeat may well jeopardise the Blues’ move into a new stadium, but Chelsea fans were keen to ensure that a ground move is already in place before they sell back the one asset they control.

The land that Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium was separated from the club back in the 1980s when, under Ken Bates, the club was struggling. By selling the land to thousands of fans they could ensure that there would always be a home for the club, regardless of whether the club went into bankrupcy or not.

Since then a lot has changed, not least Chelsea’s financial fortunes, with Roman Abramovic paying out to bring top players and managers to the club. The next logical step for Roman was to build up the stadium, especially with the Financial Fair Play rules coming in next year, but it looks like his management team will have to have a re-think.

Chelsea are looking at the various local options for a new stadium, but spaces for football stadia are few and far between in West London.


Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has said that they can compete in the Premier league along with the big boys. And Jenkins believes Brendan Rodgers’ side can compete with the big clubs next season.

“Everybody would be foolish to write us off just for those type of games,” said Jenkins.

“We’ve proved in the Championship, [against] so called bigger clubs heavily spending way over our budget, we competed and competed very well [and] played the best football in the Championship.


Bolton midfielder Gavin McCann has said that he will be retiring from professional football after failing to recover from the injury. McCann, formerly of Everton, Sunderland and Aston Villa, will now take up a coaching role assisting the youth set up at the Bolton academy.

McCann said: “Unfortunately I’ve had to call it a day.

“There are times now when my ankle is sore and aches, and further down the line I will need another operation.”

McCann made a total of 363 appearances at club level and won one one cap for England in a friendly against Spain at Villa Park in 2001.

He last featured for Bolton in the 4-2 defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates on 20 January 2010, and underwent surgery on his injured ankle soon after.


Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has put pen to paper on a new Three-year contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford till 2014.

The 29-year-old England international joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 and has played more than 200 games for the Old Trafford club.

Carrick built his reputation as an excellent passer of the ball but this season he has mainly been deployed in a more defensive midfield holding role.

“I am delighted Michael has signed a new contract,” manager Alex Ferguson said in a statement. “He has been outstanding since joining us. He is a true professional and it’s great he has committed his future to the club.”


Stoke City player Andrew Davies has joined Middlesbrough on loan till the end of the season. The 26-year-old began his career with the Teessiders and made his initial debut for the club in a 3-1 League Cup defeat by Ipswich in November 2002.

Southampton signed the defender in October 2007 for £1m, where he stayed for one season before moving to Stoke on a free transfer in August 2008.

Davies goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Millwall.


Racing Santander are keen on signing Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic in this transfer window. The 30-year-old, who joined Blues from Valencia in May, has already had two spells with Racing in his career.

Racing have just been taken over by Indian businessman Ahsan Ali Syed and would appear to have funds available.

However, McLeish denied the deal would only be done if he can sign Rubin Kazan striker Obafemi Martins.

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